When I go to the produce section at the grocery store, I look to see where things are from. It is important for me to buy produce that has grown here in California. I know that it was picked recently and it did not travel for a few months to get to the grocery store. If you do not see “California Grown” on the produce or don’t want to spend a lot of time looking at everything, just ask your grocery store and they will be happy to show you!
This idea of buying local has come from my mom and grandma. Anytime we see a fruit/farm stand, we stop because the produce is so fresh and picked at the right time.
Another great reason to buy local is that it keeps your money in the local economy and keeps the family-owned businesses thriving during a difficult economic time.
Now, I was sent some asparagus as a way to promote California Grown produce. I decided to do Beer Battered Asparagus with a lemon dipping sauce. I had made this recipe before and I thought this would be an easy, yummy recipe to share!!!
Beer Battered Asparagus with a Lemon Herbed Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
- Pinch salt
*You can substitute the herbs for what you prefer. Also, I used dry herbs and you can use fresh.
Combine all ingredients, chill until ready to serve
-Beer Battered Asparagus
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 lemon zested (use microplaner)
- 1 cup beer
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed (make sure to wash well!!)
- Vegetable oil, for frying
Now this would have been a WHOLE lot easier if I had a deep fryer but you can do it in a deep skillet with an inch or two of oil.
Make sure to heat the oil to 375 degrees. (Since I didn’t have a thermometer, I turned the flame on high and waited about 5-7 minutes. You will see the oil start to ripple)
Whisk together the flour, salt, pepper and lemon zest, until thoroughly combined. Then whisk in the beer.
Dip asparagus into the batter. Make sure to get rid of the excess batter.
Fry until golden brown. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels and put in the oven at 200 degrees to keep warm.
(From Food Network, slightly adapted)
Go to the California Grown website to see recipes, pictures and videos from local growers!!
Thank you again to California Grown for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about all of California Grown growers. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #CleverCAGrown #spon